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Title: The liminality of training spaces: Places of private/public transitions
Authors: Buckingham, S
Marandet, E
Smith, F
Wainwright, E
Diosi, M
Keywords: Women;Training;Liminality;Public/private spaces
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Geoforum 37(6): 895-905, Nov 2006
Abstract: This paper draws upon research, conducted for the London West Learning and Skills Council, on the training experiences of women with dependent children. One of the striking revelations of the research, we suggest, is the way in which training spaces are used and perceived by women, which are often at odds with government intentions. To help make sense of women’s use of and motivation for training we utilise the concept of ‘liminality’ and the private/public imbrication to explain the ways in which women use, or are discouraged from using, training spaces. Further, how the varied and multiple uses women in our research have put training to in their own lives has encouraged us to rethink the relationship between the private and the public more generally. In the light of this, we suggest that training and the places in which training take place, have been neglected processes and spaces within feminist geography and might usefully be explored further to add to an extensive literature on women’s caring and domestic roles and their role in the paid workplace.
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